Support the Bekauri family

Support the Bekauri family

From Cynthia Williams

The Bekauri family suffered the devastating loss of 23 year old Garsevan Luka Bekauri while hiking in the Adirondack Mountains on July 1, 2019. We hope to help them with their substantial funeral and memorial expenses.

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We are so grateful to those of you who have donated, shared the campaign, and/or offered support to the Bekauris. Every donation makes a difference, and the more widely we share, the better outreach we will have. The Bekauris are hoping to raise money for a headstone for Garsevan--your donations will help in that project, as well as assisting them in covering the huge expenses already incurred.

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We understand that the loss and grief the Bekauri family is experiencing cannot be assuaged by financial contributions, and that the support of friends and family through meals, cards, visits and texts has been received with profound gratitude. However, it is our hope that this campaign of support will assist Garsevan's family by lessening the burden of their many expenses at this sorrowful time. The process of grieving is heart wrenching and we seek through this campaign to remove some of the financial strain that accompanies this tragedy.

A proud and strong family, they have not asked for funding support, yet we know the expenses have been monumental. The entire Bekauri family: Janell, Zaza, Mariami, Giorgi, Garsevan, Tamari, and Beka have given so much to the Geneva community through countless hours of volunteer activities, participation in community events and activities--this is our opportunity to give back, and honor their substantial contributions to the heart and soul of Geneva. 

With this campaign we hope to help Zaza and Janell mourn the loss of their extraordinary son, and for his siblings Mariami, Giorgi, Tamari and Beka to keep him close in their hearts, without the added burden of financial stress. 

Garsevan touched many in his 23 years--let us remind his family how much others treasured him by our generosity and love.

 

Garsevan's obituary, published in the Finger Lakes Times July 7-9, 2019

https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/fltimes/obituary.aspx?n=garsevan-luka-bekauri&pid=193329134&fhid=10762

Garsevan Luka Bekauri, of Lake Placid, NY, died in a fall Monday, July 1, 2019 while hiking and climbing in the Adirondack Mountains.  He was 23.  Garsevan was born in Sacramento, CA and baptized an Orthodox Christian in the Republic of Georgia. He moved to Geneva, NY with his family in 2006.  He attended Geneva City schools, graduating in the top twenty of his class in 2014.  In school and in his community he was active in music, theater and sports.

A talented musician, he played the trombone, guitar and piano, and sang in a variety of ensembles. A standout athlete in high school, he competed in soccer, wrestling, lacrosse, track, swimming, diving, ice hockey and cross country.  He was the section V champion in steeplechase, qualifying for the NY State championship. A recruited college athlete, he competed at both Vassar College and Norwich University.

Garsevan joyfully participated in both musical theater (Oliver!, Chess, Hairspray, Spamalot, Les Miserables) and summer opera.  He was the drum major for the GHS band, and homecoming and prom king.  He played trombone with the HWS community wind ensemble, and sang with the HWS community choir.  He loved math and physics, history and literature. He enjoyed playing chess, and sharing his love of the game with others.

An accomplished sailor, he successfully competed in his leaky Laser in a range of local and regional races.  He crewed on Thistles and Stars – and was a member of a Thistle team which placed second at junior nationals.

Garsevan moved to Lake Placid in the fall of 2018 and quickly embraced the beauty of the region and the many outdoor opportunities. He skied and skated in the winter, and hiked and biked in the spring and summer.  He’d recently begun pursuing photography – happily hauling his digital camera on bike trips and long excursions.

The middle child of five siblings, Garsevan was a natural diplomat and peacemaker.  Small children loved him – and he shared with them an innocent curiosity about the world around him.  Garsevan was outgoing, compassionate and kind.  His energy could electrify a room.  He had a remarkable ability to connect with others, to set them at ease.  He could talk to anyone from any walk of life, and truly and sincerely listened to another’s words.

Very proud of his Georgian heritage, Garsevan traveled often to the Republic of Georgia, most recently in May 2018.  He was deeply interested in Georgian language, culture and music. He embraced all of his rich family history, journeying to ancestral villages in both Georgia (his father’s side) and Switzerland (his mother’s side) in 2017.

Garsevan was an avid reader, a writer of poetry, a composer of music and songs.  He was intellectually curious, and spiritually hungry.  He was exquisitely attuned to natural beauty, the joy and the heartaches of the human condition, and the emotions and feelings of others.  He had an exuberance and a joy for living which touched all who knew him. 

Garsevan was extraordinarily close to his four siblings – all who knew them found their closeness and love remarkable.  He was a sensitive soul, an untamed spirit, a light shining in the darkness.

Garsevan is survived by his parents, Zaza and Janell (Deter) Bekauri of Geneva; his brothers, Giorgi (US Navy) and Beka of Geneva, NY; his sisters, Mariami of Buffalo, NY and Tamari of Geneva, NY; his paternal grandmother Aldona Khakhiani of Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia; his maternal grandparents Bruno and Audrey Deter of Elk Grove, CA; many aunts, uncles, and cousins. He was predeceased by his grandfather, Avtandil Bekauri of Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia.

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Update #2

We are so grateful to those of you who have donated, shared the campaign, and/or offered support to the Bekauris. Every donation makes a difference, and the more widely we share, the better outreach we will have. The Bekauris are hoping to raise money for a headstone for Garsevan--your donations will help in that project, as well as assisting them in covering the huge expenses already incurred.

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Thank you all for such a strong start to this campaign. Please help us spread the word so that the many people who were connected to this special family have the opportunity to show their support..

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